day of prayer

Community members gathered Thursday to pray during the National Day of Prayer in Carthage.

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Central Baptist Church in Carthage cancelled services for Sunday, March 22 as well as all activities through April 1. They will be uploading their service online, on KGAS and on local cable Channel 18 at 10:45 a.m.

DeBerry Baptist Church has cancelled Sunday and Wednesday services through March 29.

First Baptist Church of Carthage cancelled all church events, services and activities until April 1. The church has also postponed its Men of Courage Conference, originally set for April 3. Organizers will announce a new date as soon as they are able.

New Hope Baptist Church in Gary cancelled service for Sunday, March 22. 

St. John's Episcopal Church in Carthage cancelled service for Sunday, March 22.

St. William Catholic Church in Carthage has suspended all public masses under direction of the Diocese of Tyler until at least April 1. Public Stations of the Cross and other devotional gatherings are suspended, sacramental prep and faith formation classes are cancelled, youth group is cancelled, parish committee meetings are cancelled, and public weddings are asked to be rescheduled.Confession will still be available by appointment, anointing of the sick will still be celebrated for those seriously ill or in danger of death, funerals may be celebrated with the priest and immediate family members with other attendees at the discretion of the pastor, and private masses said by the priest without congregations will continue.

In a decree issued Tuesday, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland said he had consulted medical experts and was heeding the guidance of civil authorities to act in his responsibility toward those entrusted to his care as bishop.

"The faithful are encouraged to keep the Lord’s day holy and celebrate Sunday as a domestic church by taking time to pray together as a household," Strickland said in a statement. "Diocesan media will have resources for daily Mass readings, spiritual communion, and other devotions."

Daniel Springs Baptist Camp in Gary has cancelled its 55th anniversary party, originally set for April 18.

Eastside Baptist Church in Gary has cancelled service for Sunday, March 22.

First United Methodist Church has cancelled pulblic services through March 31. They will however offer their 10 a.m. worship service on Fidelity Cable Channel 19, KGAS 104.3 FM, and their Facebook page.